EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBig Sandy Power Plant To Idle In 2015
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Reported: Oct. 16, 2013 10:29 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 17, 2013 12:43 PM EDT
Louisa , Lawrence County , Kentucky
Kentucky Power is pulling the plug on their Big Sandy Power Plant in Louisa Ky.
As people in Louisa prepare for job losses, they're also learning their power bill will likely go up.
Business at Dwight Bowers' coal truck repair shop is anything but good.
Bowers said problems in the coal market have already caused things to slump and news the plant is shutting down has him anticipating that he will also go out of business.
"Its going to finish devastating the area," Bowers said. "My business is already down 60% its just going to finish us off."
The shutdown announcement comes after the company acquired 50 percent of the assets from the Mitchell power plant in Moundsville.
They say the plant in Marshall County will more efficiently produce coal-fired power because it's more eco-friendly and requires less maintenance.
That means Big Sandy will idle in 2015.
Dan Melnykovich, Kentucky Public Service Commission said electric utility bills will eventually go up by 14%.
"Its a double edged sword," Bowers said. "You're going out of business and your electric bill's going higher."
There are plans to take one of the units at the Big Sandy plant and convert it into a natural gas operation. However, the Kentucky Public Service Commission would need to vote in favor.
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